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Sundays of the Liturgical Year The Lectionary subordinates 69of the Bible’s books to the four it considers most important—the Gospels that proclaim Jesus  It chooses first readings, usually from the Old Testament but during the Easter season from the Acts of the Apostles, to connect the Gospels with God’s love revealed in the history of Israel and with the Spirit’s activity in the early days of the Church The Pflaum Gospel Weeklies bring rich portions of Scripture into young people’s lives, the richer scriptural fare the Second Vatican Council placed on the table of the Word when it created a three-year cycle of readings to replace the former one-year cycle  In the plan of the three-cycle Sunday Lectionary, the Church hears major portionsof all four Gospels and remembers significant moments in the history of God’s love for the People of Israel The Lectionary organizes the readings of the Liturgical Year around the chronological order of the Gospel narratives, which recount Jesus’ birth and baptism, his public ministry in Galilee, and his teaching in Jerusalem, where he suffers, dies, and is raised up to new life  The Cycle A Scripture readings center on Jesus’ story as the Gospel of Matthew proclaims it  Cycle B follows Mark’s Gospel  Cycle C follows Luke’s Gospel  The Church reads from John’s Gospel during Lent in Cycles A and B, on the Sundays of Easter each year, and on several Sundays in Ordinary Time, mainly in Cycle B The Lectionary Is a Privileged Sourceof CatechesisThe Lectionary and LiturgicalYear are a privileged means of catechesis (NDC 110)  The Sunday cycles of Lectionary readings bring the mystery of Jesus’ life into the ongoing mystery of the lives ofthose who gather for worship In the feasts and seasons of the Liturgical Year—Christmas, Easter, every Lord’s Day—we celebrate and live the faith our Creed professes “Because the Gospels narrate the life of Jesus and the mysteryof our redemption after Christ and the Reign of God that he proclaimed, catechesis will also be centered on Christ if the Gospels occupy a pivotal place within it  ... They transmit the life, message, and saving actions of Jesus Christ and express the teaching that was proposed to the first Christian communities  Catechesis must be centered in the Gospels, because ‘Jesus Christ is their center’” (NDC 76) The roots of liturgical catechesis lie in the Rite of Christian Initiationof Adults (RCIA), which uses the Sunday Scriptures as its ongoing source of catechesis  The Second Vatican Council restored the riteas the model of faith formation for people seeking to learn about Jesus, find faith, and seek membership in the Catholic Church As a model, the RCIA offers a vision of catechesis as a continuing process of transformation  “The model for all catechesis is the baptismal catechumenate when, by specific formation, an adult converted to belief is brought to explicit profession of baptismal faith during the Paschal Vigil This catechumenal formation should inspire the other forms of catechesis in both their objectives and their dynamism” (GDC #59) The RCIA restores the catechumenate, a multistage process of formation that includes instruction, rituals to celebrate milestones on each person’s faith journey, and reflection together with sponsors on the Sunday Scriptures  With the RCIA, the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies understand the purpose of catechesis as more than information and knowledge, though both are invaluable  Theultimate aim of catechesis is conversion to active faith in Jesus The Second Vatican Council reminds us that our praying (worship) shapes our believing (faith), not the other way around  That is why the Council affirms liturgy as the prime source of instruction for most adults  The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy explains, “Although the sacred liturgy is above all things the worship of the divine Majesty, it likewise contains abundant instruction for the faithful” (Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy #3)  In the liturgy God still speaks to us and Jesus is still proclaiming his Gospel The liturgical catechesis ofthe Pflaum Gospel Weeklies readies young people to participate actively in the Sunday worship of parish communities where they experience the mystery of God present in the here and now as Christians gather in Jesus’ name  At liturgy these young people, who are growing up in an individualistic culture, can experience community with God and their neighbors  The lived faith of family and neighbors reinforces Jesus’ call to them in the Gospels The Liturgical Year Celebrates theCreedCatechesis that follows the Lectionary and Liturgical Year is both Christocentric and Trinitarian like the Creed in which we profess our main Christian beliefs:l I believe in God the Father and Creator;l I believe in Jesus Christ;l I believe in the Holy Spirit; l I believe in the holy catholicChurch Christocentric catechesis seesJesus Christ as the center of salvation history and its ultimate meaning (NDC 76)  Christocentric catechesis leads to Trinitarian catechesis because Jesus lives and6

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